Anne Rice's best-selling romantic horror tale about the origins of a centuries-old vampire inspired this popular, atmospheric chiller. One of director Neil Jordan's major Hollywood productions, the film stays close to its source material, retaining the frame of a young reporter (Christian Slater) interviewing a man who claims to be a 200-year-old vampire. The man, Louis (Brad Pitt), shares his story, beginning in 18th-century New Orleans with his first encounters with the charismatic and decadent vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise). Lestat converts Louis to blood-sucking and immortality, but Louis fails to adopt Lestat's cavalier attitude, instead tormenting himself with guilt over his new nature. The two vampires remain deeply, if reluctantly, connected over the years, while becoming intimately involved with others of their kind, including Claudia (Kirsten Dunst), a mature immortal in a young child's body. Fans of the novel raised numerous objections, particularly after Rice initially spoke out against the casting of Cruise as Lestat; further casting difficulties followed the death of River Phoenix, whose role as the interviewer was assumed by Christian Slater. Rice later recanted her objections, and the combination of thrills and gothic romance proved popular with audiences.~Judd Blaise
Lestat, Louis and the Vampire Phenomenon A conversation with Anne Rice about her influence on the new wave of vampires as heroes and anti-heroes
Plus: Commentary by Director Neil Jordan
In the shadow of the vampire
Introduction by Anne Rice, Neil Jordan and Antonio Banderas
The story which began it all, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. Incredible performances, remarkable cinematography, and great bonus features! The newest bonus feature added for the special edition is a welcome addition. I found the previous cover art more appealing, but with such a masterpiece, that is certainly not something to complain about!
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Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
What a movie!!! You get to see all the guy’s you love to see in one movie. How much better does it get!! The acting in the movie is exceptional also so it all works out. Really loved it!!!
Brad pitt and Tom Cruise are the original vampires that everyone loves. Its a true love story of a different kind. Where its the love of having a family that turns on you and betrayed you that breaks you heart the most.